'SA must celebrate Meyiwa'

Gideon Sam says the 27-year-old’s talent and perseverance made him unforgettable.

Bafana Bafana & Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead on 26 October 2014. Picture: Official Orlando Pirates Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) president Gideon Sam says South Africans must celebrate Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa's life.

The 27-year-old was shot and killed during an alleged robbery at his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo's house in Vosloorus on the East Rand on Sunday night.

Police say two suspects entered the house while one waited outside.

Meyiwa was shot during an altercation with the two suspects.

He was pronounced dead on arrival at the Botshelong Hospital.

Sam says the 27-year-old's talent and perseverance made him unforgettable.

The Sascoc president says South Africa needs to accept Meyiwa's death, but at the same time learn from his example.

The Pirates goalkeeper has been described as a giant and a leader by those close to him, characteristics Sam says made Meyiwa stand out.

He says the captain never held back.

"He lived a good life, he lived to the full."

Sam says Meyiwa has unified people from all corners of the country.

The charismatic goalkeeper will be laid to rest in Umlazi on Saturday.

This weekend's Soweto Derby between Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs has been postponed following Meyiwa's passing.

At the same time, police earlier released the identikits of two of the men involved in the murder.

No arrests have been made but a R250,000 reward is being offered for any information.

The identikits were compiled after officers interviewed Khumalo and other witnesses who were in the house at the time of the shooting.